Texas Motor Speedway officially introduced its new asphalt today.
Take a ride around Texas Motor Speedway’s repaved and reconfigured track. A GoPro camera was mounted to the top of one of the track’s new pace cars. Video shot March 13, 2017, in Fort Worth and provided by TMS Media Relations.
Turns 1 and 2 have been reduced from 24 degrees of banking to 20 degrees, and the racing surface in those turns has been widened from 60 feet to 80.
Carl Edwards won the first race I covered for the DRC, in the fall of 2008, and he won again tonight. He advances to the final four of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and will race for the championship at Homestead in two weeks.
The cars of Edwards (first place), Joey Logano (second) and Kasey Kahne (random) will be taken to NASCAR’s research center for full inspection.
The AAA Texas 500 reached the halfway point at 8:45 p.m., making it official and meaning we won’t have to come back Monday if the rain returns tonight. If the rain does return, it needs to be a good, heavy rain that soaks the track and prevents NASCAR from attempting to dry the track again.
The AAA Texas 500 started at 6:55 p.m. under caution. The first six laps were run under the yellow flag. Past races here have taken between 3 hours, 30 minutes and 4 hours, with many between 3:30 and 3:40. So we’re looking at a finish around 10:45 p.m. if there are no more rain delays.